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Old Mutual parts ways with suspended Group CEO Peter Moyo confirms Iain Williamson to stay on as Interim CEO

18 June 2019 Iain Williamson, Interim CEO at Old Mutual

Old Mutual’s Board has confirmed that the employment contract of suspended CEO Peter Moyo has been terminated on notice. Leadership continuity has been maintained through the appointment of seasoned Chief Operating Officer, Iain Williamson, as Interim CEO.

Mr. Moyo was suspended by the Board on May 23 after it concluded that there had been a material breakdown in trust and confidence. This followed prior engagements with Mr. Moyo over concerns about how a conflict of interest had been managed in relation to his investments in the NMT group of companies.

“There is a duty on directors of all institutions to be vigilant regarding the management of conflicts of interest. The importance of this duty has been highlighted by a number of recent corporate governance breakdowns within both the private and public sector,” says Old Mutual’s Chairman Trevor Manuel.

Old Mutual confirms that while Mr. Moyo’s conflicting interest was declared upon his employment and was governed by a specific protocol to regulate the conflict of interest, the Board has not been provided with an acceptable explanation for the declaration of ordinary dividends by NMT Capital during 2018 (with the support of Mr. Moyo) in the amount of R115 million, with a resultant benefit to Mr. Moyo of R30.6 million, in breach of Old Mutual’s rights as preference shareholder.

These issues came to the attention of a sub-committee of independent directors, the Related Party Transaction Committee (RPTC) during February 2019. The RPTC in turn reported to the OML Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee (NomCom) in March 2019. This was followed by various engagements with Mr. Moyo personally.

The Board held two meetings during May 2019 to consider these matters and on 23 May 2019 it came to the conclusion that there was a material breakdown in trust and confidence in Mr. Moyo.

The Board confirms that the contract of employment of Mr. Moyo has now been terminated, and Iain Williamson will continue to act as CEO for Old Mutual until further announcements are made on the appointment of a permanent CEO.

“The interests of all our stakeholders have been paramount throughout this process and Old Mutual’s business operations on the ground remain unaffected. The company indeed continues to make solid progress in meeting its targets through continued management focus and an unrelenting commitment to putting our customers first,” says Williamson.

The process to appoint a new CEO is a matter of priority and will follow appropriate recruitment policies and the requisite Board approvals for a position of this importance.

 

 

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